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Pathol Int. 2007 Sep;57(9):606-12.

Clinicopathological findings in fulminant-type pneumococcal infection: report of three autopsy cases.

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Department of Pathology, Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital, Aoba-ku, Yokohama, Japan.


Reported herein are three autopsy cases of fulminant-type pneumococcal sepsis with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) resulting in death within a few days of onset of symptoms. Two of the three patients had previously had a splenectomy because of a hematological disorder. None of the patients had received pneumococcal vaccination. On post-mortem every organ had congestion as well as bleeding. Interestingly, severe inflammation of the alveoli was absent despite the sepsis. The cause of death was rapidly progressive pneumococcal sepsis leading to DIC and circulatory failure, which appeared to cause pulmonary congestion and hemorrhage without pneumonia. It is important to understand the pathogenesis of fulminant-type pneumococcal infection because it is life-threatening for compromised hosts.

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